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Top Five: Most popular blog posts designed for healthcare professionals

Postbiotics, prebiotics, weaning and the popular reads from the Discover Nutricia blog…

In January 2018, the Discover Nutricia blog was launched to help healthcare professionals support parents during the all-important first 1,000 days. Nearly 10,000 healthcare professionals have read the magazine since it was launched early last year, and we can now reveal our most read blog posts are:   

  1. Postbiotics and gut health: an emerging field of research to support the immune system

Increased understanding of the role of the gut microbiota in health has highlighted the benefits of pre- and probiotics, and now, postbiotics are emerging as a further source of support for the development of a strong and stable immune system. In this guide for healthcare professionals we take a look at this emerging field of research and how postbiotics can improve gut health. [Read More

  1. The modern challenges for healthcare professionals and parents: weaning, feeding issues and finding the right advice

The modern world presents a huge variety of sometimes conflicting information on feeding strategies, some of which – particularly on the internet – can be largely unsubstantiated. This article provides clear, research-based guidelines on the three stages in developing food preferences, and provides practical tips on how to help parents develop healthy eating habits for their children, as well as how to overcome toddler development and feeding challenges. [Read More]

  1. Infographic: The First 1,000 days

Environmental factors such as nutrition play a significant role in the development of organs and body systems that takes place during the first 1,000 days of an infant’s life. This infographic breaks the first 1,000 days down into a visual diagram that outlines the stages of development during this period, as well as highlighting why nutrition is so vital. [Read More]

  1. The importance of prebiotics in the first 1,000 days for gut health and immunity

The gut and immune system develop very quickly during early infancy, as babies move from a protected environment to one where they are exposed to many immune challenges. Nutrition is a significant factor in the development of gut microbiota, and this article provides a breakdown of how prebiotics – the non-digestible carbohydrates that pass intact through the upper part of the gut – stimulate the friendly bacteria that aid the development of a child’s emerging immune system. [Read More]

  1. The role of the gut microbiota on allergy development in early life

Allergic diseases are rapidly on the rise in both developing and developed countries, currently affecting 30-40% of the world’s population. This article looks at the importance of gut microbiota in the context of allergy development in early life and the fact that 70-80% of immune cells reside in the gut, as well as providing guidance regarding nutritional support for infants with CMA.[Read More]

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